Archive for February, 2009

02/1/2009

Street Smarts

David Langworthy became associate director of physical conditioning at Bradenton’s IMG Performance Institute in June. A championship college wrestler, Langworthy has also worked as a strength and conditioning coach for Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh and University of Nebraska and has helped train more than 100 first-round NFL draft picks and countless other elite […]

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02/1/2009

Hot Seat

After a tumultuous summer during which former exec director Martine Collier and several board members abruptly resigned, the Arts Council appeared to be mapping a new course, strengthening the board with some power hitters and in October hiring new executive director Russ Crumley. An entrepreneur who says he has a geeky side, Crumley has a […]

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02/1/2009

Civic Discourse

If there was one consistent theme throughout the fall political campaign and financial meltdown, it was leadership—or, rather, lack thereof. When worried Americans looked desperately for reassurance from a trusted leader in those panicky weeks of September and October, they didn’t find much comfort. Granted, the political momentum shifted to Barack Obama because his reaction […]

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02/1/2009

Street Talk

  Big Splash A wine aficionada brings fresh flavor to Sarasota. Rebecca Robinson has been of legal drinking age for only four years. But the 25-year-old professional wine expert for St. Armands’ Cork restaurant recently became only the second Sarasotan currently certified by the London-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Robinson’s early oenophile experience came […]

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02/1/2009

Sense of Place

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02/1/2009

Mr. Chatterbox

What is it about teenagers? Where does that wild streak come from? That gleeful disobedience? That greedy selfishness, that certitude that it’s all about me, me, me? When Pee Wee entered his teens recently—his dog teens, of course, which occur between ages one and two—his cute little puppy habits, so amusing at first, quickly became […]

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02/1/2009

From The Editor

The minute I hung up the phone, I broke out in hives. One hive, actually, right on my face, which was already bright red with shame and embarrassment. How could I have forgotten an important appointment—again? This was the third time in as many months that I had completely overlooked an event, and this was […]

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02/1/2009

The Art of Minimalism

Maybe it’s the economy, but walking softly carries a big stick in interior design these days. Minimalism trumps excessiveness. Quiet elegance now speaks volumes about who we are and how we want to live. The pared-down aesthetic, long a signature style of Sarasota designer-builder-developer Robert L. Stuffings, brings simplicity and clarity to modern living. “As […]

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02/1/2009

Martina After 50

  You could call Martina Navratilova an “active retiree.” The nine-time Wimbledon singles champ enjoys tending the fruit trees around her Casey Key home. She walks along the beach and dines out in downtown Sarasota. Like so many retired Sarasotans, she’s also filling her golden years with charity projects and world travel. But she’s hardly […]

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02/1/2009

Decorating Can Be Murder: Chapter 4

In last month’s installment, Mr. Timothy Spryke, a retired high school teacher who has moved to Sarasota and opened a decorating business named “Casual Elegance,” got a plum assignment—decorating singer Tom Jones’ dressing room at the Van Wezel. But just when he and his team, which includes assistant Mary Alice Wiggins and carpenter Rick Yoder, […]

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02/1/2009

Born Too Soon

I woke up with a start at 5 a.m. last Thanksgiving when my wife, Tracy, called to me. Tracy, who was seven months pregnant with our first child, wanted me to bring her the phone so she could call the obstetrician, Dr. Michael Shroder. She had left our bed earlier because of back pain, and […]

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02/1/2009

Baby Face

Remember that scene from Brazil where the plastic surgeon stretches the surgery-obsessed woman’s face like rubber until it looks like a hideous plastic mask? Old-school cosmetic surgery often had that effect, and maybe that’s why I am still ambivalent about the concept, even though I frequently report on plastic surgery as a health reporter for […]

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